COM0014 – Blog #2: I shoot people for a living, and I brag about it.

 

Following a VIP in Ma’Sum Ghar, Afghanistan, in 2010. Photo by a friend.

I bet the picture with me and a camera de-fused that violent image you initially had in your head. That is the power of images.

It is my job as a photojournalist to tell stories. My story is simple. My assignments as a photographer take me anywhere and everywhere, therefore allowing to share what I experience along the way. I also have other passions like trail running, martial arts and traveling. On my blog, I want to portray myself as an accessible person who likes to share his adventures and challenges, that’s why I write in first person. I try my best to remain positive and prefer experience to opinions.

Covering the RCMP Sunset ceremonies in Ottawa, 2015. Photo by Rick Millette.

Luckily photography is a medium that is easy to share. They tell a story or show something in a way that is a lot easier than having to explain it; hence the cliché quote: “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

My intent is not to teach nor speak about the science behind photography, or at least not really in depth. There are plenty of people that do that very well in YouTube already. I try to keep it simple, and just give a bit more details about the photographs. I tell my story, very much like a journal, or a conversation I would have with my friends. It also serves the purpose of building credibility to the people who might be interested in hiring me down the road, allowing them to get to know me better before they make that first contact.

Would you allow me to shoot you now?

 

Documenting the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, France. Photo by my boss.

 

COM0014 – Blog #1 – What I Did on My Vacation

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Awesome.  Really, really awesome.  That is the word that comes to mind when I recall my Kauai vacation memories.   I just returned (jet lag and all), so those memories are fresh.  I am happy to have the opportunity to reflect and begin to journal those thoughts and reminisce about those experiences that shaped my holiday.

I immediately upon arriving felt a slight shift in spirit, a feeling in which the island had something special to share. From the red dirt, to the scaling cliffs, cascading waterfalls, to the incredible sunsets. And now a brief run-down of the three Kauai stand outs that I am still dreaming of…….

1-      Warm Weather!  Coming from Northern Alberta, that’s a biggie.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the seasons, but I’d like winter to be two months long….tops!  Little bit before Christmas, and a little bit after, then call it done.  I don’t like frigid weather, so to fly away and land in a warm climate is worth all the airport hassles.   As soon as I stepped off the plane I knew I had escaped to a warm wonderland.  As I excitedly exited from the plane I immediately experienced the warm soft breeze upon my skin.  Now that is one hell of a welcome.

2-      Adventure!  Wow, the Island just calls for you to let loose and discover your adventurous spirit. If you love scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, or hiking, Kaui will hit your sweet spots.  We started our adventure by booking a one hour helicopter excursion, and we were not disappointed.  I thought the pilot was joking when he said “Mahalo and thank you again for your company”, I sincerely could not believe an hour had flew by.  It was hands down the fastest hour of my life.  The scenery was simply amazing.  Witnessing the canyons, the waterfalls, the endless beaches,  was spectacular. We scanned the valleys, the rainforest and the Napali Coast.  As we climbed the peaks we were swept away with beauty then whoosh, the earth would escape below us, as we whizzed over the cliffs. I felt like I was experiencing something very special, that I was able to reach in and view a land that time seemed to forget. If you want to truly experience what you cannot see by car (and in some cases foot) then I highly recommend this flying adventure.

3-      Endless beaches!  There are 50 miles of white sand that surround Kauai, and many are empty, just inviting you to take a pause in the sun and watch for a whale show.  Most of the beaches have scenic backdrops of mountains and mist off in the distant.  As I sat there and looked off into the misty peaks it was hard to believe I was basking in the hot sun watching the rainfall a long way off in the distant cliffs. With conditions such as these it is no wonder Kauai boasts stunning rainbows as a common occurrence. The water was warm and the waves were high, in the distance were surfers catching their waves. And the sunsets, wow, just gorgeous. And the best part of all was being rocked asleep each night and awakened every morning to the sound of the ocean waves.

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Clearly the list is not limited to three, the list could be endless for you. If you are looking for a destination to simply escape, suntan, feast on fresh fish, discover adventure and dream then this is your place.  Or maybe you’re just looking for that mystical lost piece of your soul, that fits only you. I can’t help but feel there is a presence of nature that happens on the island that can be deeply felt.  I have grabbed a small piece for my own soul to help nurture me until I have the opportunity to visit once again, and I hope if you ever have the opportunity to visit, that you will as well.